U baseball team crushes Iowa State

Buoyed by a pair of home runs by junior Robb Quinlan, the Gophers baseball team defeated Iowa State 12-6 on Wednesday night at the Metrodome.
Minnesota improved to 9-2 on the season with the win, the team’s best start since opening the season 12-2 in 1958.
The Gophers jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first two innings, capped by Quinlan’s first home run in the second inning.
Senior Jason Dobis cruised from there, pitching seven innings and striking out four batters to earn his first win of the season.
The win gets the Gophers off to a good start on a 14-game home stand. Minnesota hosts the Hormel Foods Baseball Classic this weekend. The tourney features games against California, Connecticut and Rutgers.
The Gophers open Big Ten play on March 27 against Purdue.
The Gophers football team will not start a game later than 3 p.m. next season.
The University men’s athletics department released the times for next year’s football games Wednesday. The home schedule includes five 1:30 p.m. starts and a 3 p.m. start. For the past several years, the team has most of its home games at 6 p.m.
Coach Glen Mason said the change is “in the best interests of the student-athletes and our program.”

— Michael Rand